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  • Isaac Aboulafia is a registered professional engineer with over 17 years experience in the environmental engineering and remediation field. He specializes in feasibility evaluation, design, cost-estimating, implementation and construction of soil and groundwater assessment and remediation projects. He has expertise in soil and groundwater remediation projects utilizing innovative technologies such as in-situ chemical oxidation, bio-enhancements, enhanced soil vapor extraction, hydraulic removal/control and complicated engineered excavations. He has performed scores of due diligence and compliance assessments to identify and quantify environmental liabilities at sites including chemical manufacturing facilities, manufacturing plants, commercial shopping centers/restaurants/offices, multi-family residential properties and vacant land. Further, he has designed and implemented plentiful site characterization projects to quantify the extent of contaminated soil and groundwater. Mr. Aboulafia has vast experience in negotiating environmental issues with regulators and within the business community in support of rapid assessment and remediation of projects necessitated by real estate/business transactions. Mr. Aboulafia is MECXs Chief Engineer, where he is responsible for evaluating and implementing new and emerging remedial technologies for the remediation of hazardous waste sites worldwide. Farid Achour is a Senior Science Advisor and Manager at ENVIRON International Corp in Irvine California. He has a MS in Hydrogeology from USTHB in Algeria and a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Besanson in France, he joined the Swiss institute of Hydrogeology for post doctoral researches on water availability in semi arid areas. Dr Achour has 15 years of experience in quantitative hydrogeology and data analysis applied to environmental projects with specialty in geological and hydrogeological characterization and remediation in porous and fractured medias, fate and transport modeling in porous and fractured media, surface water-ground water interaction analysis, and geochemical modeling. Expertise also includes geostatistics, statistics applied to environmental projects. Gordon G. Alexander, P.E. wishes that he had presented last year so that he could brag about LSUs football performance. He received his B.S. in chemical engineering from LSU before coming to UC Davis for his masters work. He has worked on various forms of in situ remediation for 22 years. George Alther has a MSC in Geology from the University of Toledo. He has manufactured organoclay for twenty years, in Michigan. He is sole owner of Biomin Inc, and manufactures in Michigan. He owns 7 patents and has published over 110 technical and scientific articles. George Alther has a MSC in Geology from the University of Toledo. He has manufactured organoclay for twenty years, in Michigan. He is sole owner of Biomin Inc, and manufactures in Michigan. He owns 7 patents and has published over 110 technical and scientific articles.

  • Meriah Arias-Thode is an Environmental Microbiologist with the U.S. Navy at the SPAWAR, Pacific, San Diego, CA. She has a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of TX at San Antonio, and a PhD in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. As Project Manager she has worked on the examination of different sediment amendments and their potential toxicity to benthic community members. Her thesis work examined the diversity of bacteria under chromium (VI) reducing conditions. Pedro Avila-Prez is Manager of Environmental Science Division, National Institute for Nuclear Research. He holds BS (biology), Master`s degree in Ecology and a PhD in Engineering (Water Science). His studies include evaluation of pollution in body waters, heavy metals transport, accumulation of heavy metals in aquatic organism, and applications of nuclear analytical techniques in environmental, health and related sciences. He is member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico. Walter Bahm is currently involved with the 5-year Review Unit of the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund, State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). He previously worked with corrective action projects at DOE sites, industrial sites and other RCRA activities at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). Cristina Barazzetti Barbieri, is a Criminalist at Instituto Geral de Percias, Rio Grande do Sul State Government, Brazil. She coordinated the establishment of the Environmental Sector of Criminalistics Department at Instituto Geral de Percias where she is currently working doing field surveys and environmental crimes assessments reports. Mrs. Barbieri presently teaches Environmental Forensics at PUC-RS University and is Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Environmental Forensics and Forensic Biology periodic. Mrs. Barbieri received a Biological Sciences degree from PUC-RS University,Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, a Specialist degree in Environmental Quality Management from PUC-RS University,Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, in 2002 and a Master of Science degree in Ecology from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in 2003. Bob Barnwell is a Geologist with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) located in Montgomery, Alabama. Since 2004, Bob has worked in the ADEM Land Division on CERCLA and RCRA projects at federal facilities located in Alabama. Bob provides geologic and hydrogeologic services for the environmental cleanup programs under the Defense and State Memorandum of Agreement. He is a state regulator for soil and groundwater investigations including site characterization, remedial alternatives, permitting, and risk assessments. His duties include oversight of perchlorate assessments at NASA and Department of Defense facilities. Investigations involve characterization and cleanup of perchlorate in soil and groundwater. Prior to ADEM, he worked for 16 years in the environmental consulting field conducting

  • assessments throughout the country basing out of Washington DC, Atlanta, GA, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since 2005, Bob has contributed to ITRC as a team member representing the state of Alabama for ITRC's Perchlorate team. Bob earned a bachelor's degree in geology from Georgia Southern College in Statesboro, Georgia in 1988. He is certified as a Professional Geologist in Alabama and Georgia. Dennis D. Beckmann, PE, DEE is currently the Laboratory Program Manager and Senior Environmental Engineer for BP's Remediation Management function in Houston, TX. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. His current interests, in addition to managing the environmental contract laboratory program, include environmental forensics, groundwater monitoring optimization, and technical site support. He has over 30 years of experience in environmental site investigation and remediation. Mr. Beckmann received his BS in Civil Engineering and his MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Jeffrey C. Bensch is a principal engineer with Sierra West Consultants, Inc. He received his Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees from the University of Colorado and Cornell University, respectively. Mr. Bensch specializes in civil and environmental engineering, water resources, and construction management. Mr. Bensch has 25 years of professional experience and has been involved in environmental investigations and remediation projects for the past 20 years. Azra Bilgin, Ph.D., is a senior scientist with Brown and Caldwell, Inc, Denver, CO. Dr. Bilgin currently works on site assessment projects in Nevada, Arizona and Canada. Dr. Bilgin received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Environmental Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey in 1997 and 1999, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado in 2003. In 2005, under a SERDP grant she investigated arsenic geochemistry in groundwater at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California. Mark A. Bowland is a senior consultant, project manager and risk assessor with Environmental Resources Management (ERM) in Sacramento, California. He has a B.S. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California at Davis, and is a California Registered Environmental Assessor II with 16 years of experience in private environmental consulting. His experience encompasses complex, multi-pathway deterministic/probabilistic risk assessments/risk based cleanup levels, risk communication, toxicology, fate/transport modeling, litigation support, site investigation, remedial action objectives/workplans and regulatory support to public, private and military clients. His hazardous constituents experience includes metals, VOCs, SVOCs, PCBs, dioxins, PAHs, pesticides, radionuclides, asbestos, and petroleum at Superfund, private, schools, Voluntary

  • Cleanup & RCRA sites in the U.S., U.K. and Hong Kong. His role in application of strategic sampling, tiered/advanced risk assessment tools and integration of geostatistical applications has resulted development of risk assessment, communication, and mitigation tools critical to risk managers for decision making, and resulted in negotiated cleanup levels significantly reducing soil volumes requiring mitigation while achieving regulatory health protection standards. Roger C. Brewer, Ph.D, R.G, is senior scientist and environmental hazard assessment specialist with the Hawaii Department of Health. His environmental experience includes regulatory compliance audits, field investigations, contaminant fate and transport, and human health and ecological risk assessments. Roger has also worked as an environmental consultant in the US, Asia and South America and as a seni

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